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Minister Swire opens the British embassy in Asuncion after a break of eight years

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 - 16:47 UTC
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Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire formally opened on Wednesday the British Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay which will be headed by Ambassador Jeremy Hobbs. Accompanied by Paraguayan Foreign Minister Eladio Loizaga, he hailed the opening a symbol of the UK’s continued engagement in Latin America. Read full article


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  • The Truth PaTroll

    As long as you keep retreated from Argentina, all is well between us.

    You may open embassies up the wazoo even in the middle of the amazon, but as long as the UK does not have normal relations with Argentina it will never have a comfortable or complete presence in the region.

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 02:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Just a few hours ago...

    “The government has withdrawn its membership of the British Commonwealth and decided that the Gambia will never be a member of any neo-colonial institution and will never be a party to any institution that represents an extension of colonialism,” the statement said.

    Brilliant! Hopefully more will follow!

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 03:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Why don't you follow their example?

    Go home you fascist ingrate!

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 05:33 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CaptainSilver

    ...and, the full story is:-

    There is a history of tension between President Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, and the UK.

    Earlier this year, a Foreign Office report singled out The Gambia for its human rights record, citing cases of unlawful detentions, illegal closures of newspapers and discrimination against minority groups.

    In August last year The Gambia was criticised by Amnesty International and others for executing nine prisoners by firing squad.

    The Commonwealth was founded in 1931 but acquired its modern shape after 1949 as former British colonies and protectorates, including The Gambia, started to achieve self-government and varying degrees of independence.

    The last despot to leave was that icon of democracy Mugabe!

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 07:16 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 WE don't retreat. YOU retreat. Then YOU surrender. 11,313, wasn't it? 1982, I believe. The forces that forced the surrender were 2 and 3 PARA and 42 Commando. Each of these units is of battalion size. 11,313 argies surrender to 2,400 British troops.
    @2 As CaptainSilver points out, you are a very poor reporter. It's important, I think, to note that The Gambia is now 90% islamic. Whilst the Commonwealth has no problems with islam as a religion, islam apparently has a problem with the Commonwealth for being democratic. In November 2011, elections were held under conditions that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) characterised as “not to be conducive for the conduct of free, fair and transparent polls”. Clearly as “bent” as an argie “election”! Are argie “elections” bent? Of course they are. In a free and fair election, you don't buy votes. You don't send out gangs of thugs (La Campora) to “advise” the people on how to vote. You don't release vicious criminals from prison to attend “rallies”. And, most importantly, you don't spend an incredible number of years and amount of money “brainwashing” the electorate through the “education” system.

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 10:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Britworker

    The Gambia are developing into draconian Islamic state, probably best they leave the Commonwealth on that basis, until of course they have a Coup d'état and need the SAS to come and get rid for them.

    Another country that relies on British tourism!

    Oct 03rd, 2013 - 10:40 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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